Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union

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Trade union

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Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union

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Other form(s) of name

  • Construction Forestry and Mining Employees Union

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Dates of existence

1992 -2018


The Constuction Forestry Mining and Energy Union is the result of a series of amalgamations during the early 1990s. Prior to amalgamation there were numerous unions spread across construction, forestry, mining and energy industries. Those unions amalgamated along industry lines to form each of the divisions of the CFMEU. Each division operates autonomously, with its own membership, executive, resources, industry policies and campaigns. These divisions date as far back as the mid-nineteenth century and include such notable unions as the Australasian Coal and Shale Employees' Federation (the Miners' Federation), the Building Workers' Industrial Union of Australia, the Australian Timber Workers' Union, the Federated Furnishing Trade Society of Australasia, the Operative Plasterers' Federation of Australia, the Operative Painters' and Decorators' Union of Australia, and the Federated Engine Drivers' and Firemen's Association of Australasia.


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Representation for construction workers, sawmill workers, timber workers, coal miners, carpenters, cabinetmakers, painters, plasterers, tilers, engine drivers, firemen

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Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (2018 -)

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Prepared by Maggie Shapley on 7 June 2012




Australian Trade Union Archives website

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